I have a cat who, while wonderful, is getting pretty up there in years (19). She has taken to pooping in various random places and I am not sure why (guessing senility…she has been to the vet many times and no overt issues). I put a shower curtain liner on my bed when I leave to protect the bed cover and no she has chosen the couch to deposit her presents.
Note that she never pees anywhere but the litterbox and she will poop in there too but not always.
Anyway, I would like to protect the couch if possible and was wondering if there was anything that could be done to discourage her from hopping up there to do her business? I know she may well choose the floor or a chair or something else but one thing at a time I guess. I really do not want to have to drape everything in shower curtains everytime I leave (although she will actually poop right in front of me on the couch as well). That would be a hassle and more than a little weird looking when bringing guests back.